It must be really tough to be a professional golfer. I mean, they are forced to travel to all these exotic locations around the globe and play on courses on spectacular landscapes. This week may take the cake as they'll begrudgingly head to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. It is only home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I still hear stories from my wife about her trip to Riviera Maya for a wedding and how the shores in Mexico were better than our honeymoon on Maui. You have to think that most of the time these golfers' significant others don't care to travel with them but this trip, they'll probably make an exception. Now that I've made everyone else feel as bad as me for not being able to attend this tournament, lets talk about the course.

El Camaleon Golf Club plays right alongside those beautiful beaches I spoke about which means you've got the wind to contest with throughout the weekend. For PGA Tour standards, this course is extremely short at only 6,987 yards and listed as a par 71. Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman designed this course and it features unique environments. I already mentioned the beaches but it also features something called mangroves, which are shrubs or small trees which sit right alongside fresh water canals. These players must keep their drives on the fairway to avoid all these hazards. That means I'm looking at Strokes Gained:Off-The-Tee and Fairways Hit. If you want course comps, Waialae Country Club which hosts the Sony Open in Hawaii and Harbour Towne Golf Links which hosts the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina both give golfers similar problems. They are short courses which punish players for not being accurate.

Players with success on this course have had traditionally good greens in regulation numbers which usually brings in Strokes Gained: Approach as well. Do not go into this weekend with the mindset that the big bombers on tour will dominate this track because of its distance, I'm going to be targeting more of the course manager types. When you look over the course layout, you'll see 11 par 4s for these players to attack, ranging from 386 yards to 485 yards. I'll be checking out par 4 scoring and par 4s gained as well. Of course I'll also take into account course history and current form as well..

You would think a tournament played in a beautiful place like Playa del Carmen would not have to worry about weather but it looks like we've got issues.  There are thunderstorms in the forecast on Thursday and Friday which could reek havoc on the schedule.  

We've got 132 players in the field and top 65 with ties will make the weekend cut. It's our first event in weeks with close to a full field and a cut line. The lineups lock for this event super early Thursday morning. So, you'll want to get them set and ready to rock on Wednesday night. Lets have a strong week and get ready for Thanksgiving just a few weeks away.

(Max 3)